7 Things I splurge on!

I know I always sound like a broken record when I say this, but really ... how the heck is it already Wednesday. Seriously, I was just doing some major grumbling that it was Monday.

I was chillaxing with a neighbour of mine over the weekend and he told me I'm spoilt. Don't worry I didn't knock him out - he is a good friend of mine so I allowed him to live to tell that tale. To make a long story very short, he said that because in a conversation about my day, I mentioned to him I bought two shoes earlier in the day and the price of said shoes (he asked the price, I didn't offer the info). My response? No I'm actually quite cheap but there are some things you should not skimp on.

And a post was born.

As they say in my country "Cheap thing not good and good thing not cheap". And that is true for some things. While I might be cheap in most some aspects of life, and LOVE a good deal, I do think certain things demand (to me) a splurge in order to just be comfortable. I make zero apologies for splurging on the items below.


1. Shoes - Listen, I am 4'11". I am severely vertically challenged and I need heels to look reasonably height-ed. heh! Top that off with the fact that my feet are a whopping size 5 and for good measure let's throw in the fact that I wear heels every single weekday and you would understand that I need to splurge on shoes. I need comfortable heels that would last and that wouldn't kill my tiny feetsies. So I splurge on shoes, particularly heels for work. Sandals and slippers - no.

2. Handbags - I'm a handbag whore. I really am. I'm becoming more so as I get more ummm ... old. Also good well cared for handbags last forever so in my mind this is worth splurging on. 

3. Suits - I wear suits every day and some of my suits are very pricey. Very. But, they last forever and some of them, I've had for years and they still look as good as new.

4. Hair Products - The oils and treatments and other products I use in my hair can add up to be very expensive but its really to keep/get my hair strong so it can withstand the weight of my locs.

5. Beauty Products - All MAC everything. Nuff said. I don't use a ton of makeup everyday, but what I do use, I want to last throughout the day with minimal touch up. 

6. Gym/running clothes - Tracy spoke about this in her post the other day and its so true! Could I have bought cheaper running shoes? yes. But my feet and legs and shins and everything else would have to pay for it.

7. My car - I won't even tell you how much I paid for the shoes on my wheels. 18" of pure heavenly copper. They are beautiful. I'm a car girl - there is NO disputing that. So i baby my car. When I finally get my dream car - coming sooner than later hopefully, it will be my baby. And just for kicks here's a pic of one of my current baby's shoes - yes there's a filter but it really didn't need it to look cute.
18 inch copper rims

* * * This is an add in - and I contemplated re-doing the whole post and image and everything just to add this in ... but ain't nobody got time for that. If there was a #8 though it would be bras. My bras cost more than my clothes... I'm a busty girl and I would not ever skimp on a bra.

What do you splurge on?

46 comments:

  1. I'm with you - generally I'm all about the good deals but there are certain things where only a splurge will do (such as my hair)!

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  2. I'm a major budget shopper out of necessity but there are some things I will pay top dollar for if it means better quality!

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  3. Love, love, LOVE this post, Kay! That image is dynamite. Your car... Well, I'd like to see the whole thing. And that's just the visual
    I love a good sale, scour the racks for a good bargain. But I love well made clothes. They last forever. I wear suits and fancy dresses to church and I love looking good for work so clothes are my splurge. I buy timeless pieces - good, classic cut with durable fabrics. But my knockaround clothes, eh, I buy whatever's cheap and fits because at the end of the season, it's probably in a bin to donate.

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  4. I'm with you on beauty items - certain things I will always splurge on - including purses!! I might have to steal this from you! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. You cannot skimp on heels. Maybe for a pair you wear to weddings for 4 hours, but not the work heels. Your feet will die a slow and painful death.
    I splurge on makeup too, but not MAC. I only buy cruelty free brands and if that means I have to pay more, then so be it. It's worth it to me!

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  6. It's so important to have good shoes, I always splurge on my flip flops because I wear them every day!

    I don't splurge on much else, I'm a bargain hunter. If it's not a bargain I'm not buying.

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  7. I think certain things you save money on by buying a better product. Makeup is a perfect example! If you buy something cheap and have to reapply a bunch of times, it's going to run out that much faster. And I'm definitely starting to see the value in buying nicer clothes, as a a lot of my old favorites are pilling or developing thin spots. That cheap, clingy fabric that they use in all the popular young person stores (Cough, Forever 21) really doesn't last more than a few washings (obviously I need to learn more about fabric, because I don't even know what to call it).

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  8. Love this post! I agree that these are all things worth spending money on. I spend mine on tattoos :) I need to start spending the money on shoes. I despise being uncomfortable though and a lot of the nicer shoes don't equal comfort.

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  9. Hey, we all have our weaknesses! I spend most of my money on cosmetics!

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  10. Nice rims!!!!! I splurge on a lot of the same stuff you do....make up, purses, and bras are my major things. Also food at the grocery store I guess? I try to stick to natural things and try not to be the processed crap. Ramen noodles is way cheaper than ingredients for homemade items, you know?

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  11. I totally spurge on shoes, handbags and beauty products. Buying quality shoes is so important, especially since I have a foot condition and I'm on my feet alot. I have to have good shoes. I use to buy cheap shoes and my feet paid the price. I'm convinced that is why i now have a foot issue. I think nice shoes and a nice bag make any outfit look better. At least that is what I think.

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  12. I could not love you more right now. I am also a TOTAL purse whore and I am obsessed with my car! I splurge on both. I am very cheap in other areas but those two are non-negotiable.

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  13. haha you're hilarious!
    i am such a cheapie through and through. i don't wear suits, so i don't splurge on them. i don't splurge on shoes (except for running clothes) handbags or any kind of beauty product. actually, i'm not quite sure what i do splurge on! lol

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  14. I think we all spend differently, and I like to see how differently we spend! I'd never spend on heels because I don't wear them - but for you, you HAVE to.

    I don't skimp on dog care/food, shoes I plan to do a lot of walking in, makeup, and underwear.

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  15. I say it all the time everybody has their thing! Everybody has items that they like to splurge on and they should not be judged for spending high-priced money on them! You buy the things that you like you choose the things you like to spend on, I like to blow my money on make up movies and Comic con! Not a lot of girls do that but that's my thing

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  16. I am with you on every single one of these purchases! Girl we work too dang hard you need to treat yourself right?

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  17. i totally agree on splurging for running shoes....you are kicking some serious ass (and totally putting stress on your joints) so you need a good shoe to absorb the impact.

    i always splurge on:

    1) skin products. my skin is amazing because i take such good care of it. i won't even bat an eye when i need to replenish my skin product inventory and if it costs $300+, that's totally fine with me. then i gripe about a $5 shipping fee LOL

    2) makeup. see #1

    3) sports gear. only bras though; dry fit shirts or shorts i can go mid-level aka old navy or whatever. but i do check winners first for branded gear because aint nobody got time to pay full price

    4) muay thai gear. i have my fancy new Twins gloves and the ones i've been using before - WORLD OF DIFFERENCE. it's almost as if the Twins gloves make me punch better!

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  18. I am totally a purse whore, too! I love them so much. It's really the only thing I totally splurge on.

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  19. Girl we are totally twinning! I am super cheap/thrifty about most things, but there are certain things I splurge on because I feel they fall into the "you get what you pay for" category like shoes, purses, makeup, bras, etc... Anything that gets used daily (or almost daily) should be a splurge whereas clothes that you wear once every few weeks can be cheaper because you need more and they don't get as much use.

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  20. Definitely with you on these. The things you use to put your best, most professional self forward—work shoes, office clothes, makeup you wear daily—all should be investments and of the best quality!

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  21. Heck yes to splurging on accessories and beauty products. My outfit may be entirely Target/Old Navy but a nice bag on my arm and quality shoes are way more important to me. Your car's "shoes" are quite pretty as well ;)

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  22. I totally splurge on beauty products, purses and shoes! Love your rims for your car, copper looks so good!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  23. Yes. I'm a budget shopper. One of the reasons I mainly shop on line.
    And remember the 6am shopping escapade to the toy store for a sale? Lol.
    I splurge a bit on designer sunglasses (though I usually look for a bargain) and teapots/cups/teas (which I collect).
    But I spend most of my money on the kids. I definitely spend more on them than I do on myself. Clothes as season change and the outgrow stuff. And toys (I like to spoil them a little).
    I don't think buying nice things for yourself equates to you being spoilt. And you may quote me on that.

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    1. I forgot sunnies!!! I think if I had kids I would defo splurge on them tgoo - you know me lol they would be spoilt rotten. You're a good mummy and I love u sissy!!! :D

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  24. And food. To eat healthy can cost a bit. I shop at markets which can be cheaper.

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  25. I think good quality shoes make a huge difference--in most of the jobs I've had I was on my feet a lot, and comfortable shoes that look nice are 100% worth it. I don't wear heels, though, at least not the vast majority of the time. Being 5'5" makes me actually pretty tall in this part of the world. :)

    I'm not sure what else I really splurge on...I will pay the high prices for really delicious and healthy foods (like avocados) here.
    Maybe travel? I'm no luxury traveler, but I am not a shared-room or hostel traveler either. I want a private room AND a private bathroom--of course I'll share with Angel or my siblings but NOT with strangers. For some reason, that sounds like a huge splurge to most of the other travelers I hang out with.

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  26. Just like you I love a good deal, but seriously bras, purses, shoes and even jeans are worth spending the extra on since they last a long time and need to be comfortable/look good!

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  27. I'm totally NOT a car girl, but I gotta say...those copper wheels are F-I-N-E! Damn! I pretty much agree with almost everything you posted. In your career, I think I good (although pricey) suit is important. Honestly, if I needed a lawyer, I wouldn't want someone that is in an ill-fitted, poor fabric, bad looking suit. I think most people have that expectation of appearance for an attorney, fair or not. Shoes...I'm in retail...I stand on my feet ALL day. I need good supportive, well-made shoes or my legs, feet, arches, and knees all feel it.

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  28. i skimp on bras, but you've got me rethinking that! i need to up my bra game, hehe.

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  29. I splurge on anything related to my sleeps: sheets, mattress, etc., bras, running shoes, and travel. I don't really do makeup and I try to find all my work stuffs on sale. I'm such a cheap ass when it comes to most things.

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  30. Loved this!! I totally agree with splurging on shoes!! Those are always an exception to me. :)

    Bethany
    Kiss Me Darling
    www.kissmedarlingblog.com

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    1. Yup while I am frugal for the most part there are some things that just deserve a splurge!

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  31. I tend to splurge at Target. I love the place. My purse comes from the clearance bin usually.

    I also splurge on books.

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  32. I splurge on...pretty much everything, haha! I'm just not a bargain shopper. I definitely splurge on makeup because my face will break out if I don't, and workout gear (especially running shoes) for obvious reasons!

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  33. I don't really splurge on much but I do buy a lot of home decor items so that tends to add up. Same with hair products. Long Hair needs good products to keep it healthy.

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  34. I feel the same way! There are certain things I just need to splurge on!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  35. I'm pretty sure that I splurge on all of those things too and definitely the bras. a good bra changes your life!

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  36. Yes to shoes, hair products, purses, and gym clothes. I also splurge on my bras. I would rather pay more for quality than have to pay over and over again for cheap items. If I know I'm going to use an item or the quality is better, the additional price is worth it in my opinion.

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  37. I'm a handbag whore too. I ain't even sorry ;)

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  38. I'm so with you. Especially the running shoes. And I used to be able to walk around in $15 Target heels all day and now I just can't handle it anymore!!

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  39. I definitely splurge on bras, handbags and shoes :)

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    1. Yup I definitely splurge on bras!

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  40. Shoes are a must!! And I'd agree with you if you had put bras or underwear in general. A girl needs nice underwear that doesn't ride up or cut in or roll or...you get the idea. Lol. And yes to makeup too. I have to put my face on everyday for work (as well as wear cute comfy shoes) so I splurge on it if it makes me appear more approachable. I said "appear" because most of the time I'm still a raging bitch under the makeup. Lmao.

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  41. These are so fun to read! Love hearing what people do/don't want to spend a lot of money on. I don't splurge often on shoes but I agree they are one are where it's worth it! And MAC makeup is also my #1 fave!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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  42. I splurge on luxe things... baha unnecessary ones. Like really pretty underthings, fancy chocolates, and lots of pretty paper products. hehe I definitely splurge some on my beauty/facial/cleaning products because it's all eco... and it's harder to find good eco-makeup. So its a bit more expensive than what I was doing before. It's not bad overall and I am totally used to the prices I am paying. But it's probably more than the drugstore stuff. I also buy expensive cat food for my cats... haha They deserve to be super healthy though. :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  43. Every single one of these is a splurge item for me. Then again, I can't deny that I'm a little spoiled :/ oh well! & BRAS...yes! I spend upwards of 100 on bras sometimes bc homegirl is way to busty to play games :D

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